Tree of Light Celebration Draws Hundreds

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Hundreds of area residents gathered to remember loved ones during the Tree of Light celebration at Greenwich Hospital on Monday to support the hospital’s Home Hospice program.
Approximately 200 people gathered at the Greenwich Hospital annual Tree of Light celebration on Monday to benefit the Home Hospice Program.

The non-denominational event featured readings and music, culminating with the lighting of an evergreen tree strung with hundreds of lights in memory or in honor of loved ones.

Donations from the purchase of lights support the hospital’s Home Hospice Program, which provides end-of-life care to individuals in their homes.

This year’s celebration included a welcome from Norman G. Roth, Greenwich Hospital president, and remarks by Donna Coletti, MD, director of Palliative Care at the hospital. Dr. Coletti, a pioneer in palliative care, also lit the tree.

Rev. Andrea Raynor, hospice spiritual care counselor, gave the invocation and Cantor Asa Fradkin of Temple Shalom offered the benediction with the temple’s chamber singers. The volunteer vocal group The Grace Notes also performed. The ceremony culminated on the Garden Terrace with the lighting of the tree followed by a reception of guests and hospital staff. The names of those remembered were entered into the Annual Book of Honor, which is on permanent display at Greenwich Library.

The tree will remain on the terrace throughout December before being planted in the hospital’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Community Garden.

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.